Public Library Construction


Over the past two years, the Board of Library Trustees and the Library Director have been preparing a grant application for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). This state program makes library construction projects more affordable and attainable for communities throughout the Commonwealth. Exact funding varies by project, but the MPLCP typically funds 40% of eligible construction costs.

In preparation for the application, the Library conducted public forums, focus groups, and a survey to gather input from residents and library patrons about our services and the building. This feedback served as the foundation of the Library's updated strategic plan and the Building Program, two requirements for the Town's grant application.

One message has been clear from Uxbridge residents — the Library is more than a repository of books. It is a vital community center, a hub for connection, and a source of inspiration for lifelong learning. However, the Library’s ability to meet the evolving needs of our residents is limited by the building’s existing footprint and, most notably, its lack of accessibility.

A Vision for the Library

Our community wants the library to:

  • Be fully accessible to residents regardless of age or ability
  • Highlight the existing building's history and unique architectural style
  • Provide flexible, multi-use spaces that can adapt as community needs change
  • Provide convenient and accessible parking
  • Offer a meeting space for library events and community groups, available outside of library hours
  • Increase physical collection space for all ages, primarily for books
  • Offer small private meeting/study rooms, quiet spaces, and collaborative creative spaces
  • Provide a larger and more open children's space for play, programming, and socialization
  • Offer spaces for patrons of all ages to spend extended time with comfortable seating and abundant natural light 
  • Improve existing HVAC, electrical, and technological infrastructure — notably, the Library's top floor is not climate-controlled

A future library project must prioritize: Accessibility for All, Functionality for 21st- Century Library Services, and Infrastructure Improvements

Click here for more information about Article 16 at the 2024 Spring Annual Town Meeting.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions related to Article 16 and the MPLCP.